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St. Mary's Scholars


Enrichment

Chuck Ehrman

Assistant Principal for Faculty

The purpose of the St. Mary’s Scholars Program is to provide highly achieving students with a unified program of enrichment aimed at developing their abilities to draw and develop links between academic learning and the world beyond the classroom.


Freshman Year

During the summer following freshman year, students participate in a week-long Summer Academy that includes on-campus discussion groups and daily field trips to sites of importance to each of the following subject areas: Languages, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, Fine Arts, and Religion. Each of these days is led by Good Counsel faculty members.


Sophomore Year

During sophomore year, the program includes four evening seminars that feature activities tied to certain subject areas and faculty-led round tables on topics specific to the academic disciplines. These sessions are meant to echo some of the activities/topics covered the prior summer. Dinner is provided at each of the evening sessions.

In the summer after sophomore year, students choose to do one of the following:

  • Participate in a faculty-led “Lens of History: Exploring Colonial Williamsburg” trip
  • Make individual selections among numerous collegiate programs for high school students
  • Pursue an additional academic enrichment program
  • Take summer coursework
  • Participate in an internship program

Junior Year

During junior year, students begin Good Counsel’s International Baccalaureate Program OR they begin coursework in a diverse constellation of Good Counsel’s Advanced Placement courses.

During junior year, the program includes three evening sessions designed to further encourage exposure to certain academic disciplines. Dinner is provided at each of the sessions.

In the summer after junior year, students choose to do one of the following:

  • Participate in a three-day, faculty-led seminar called “The Aesthetics of New York City,” which examines the role of art in culture
  • Make individual selections among numerous collegiate programs for high school students
  • Pursue an additional academic enrichment program
  • Take summer coursework
  • Participate in an internship program

Senior Year

During senior year, students complete Good Counsel’s International Baccalaureate Program or they finish coursework in Good Counsel’s Advanced Placement courses.

During senior year, students attend two evening sessions designed to further encourage exposure to certain academic disciplines. Dinner is provided at each of the sessions.

During the second semester, students and parents attend a Farewell Dinner. At this meeting, students are recognized for their successful completion of the St. Mary’s Scholars Program.


Criteria

50 students are invited into the St. Mary’s Scholars Program each year. Selection is made at
the conclusion of the first semester of freshman year and takes into account a student’s
academic performance and the rigor of his/her coursework. To be considered, a student must
be taking four or more Honors level classes.

For more information, contact Contact Assistant Principal, Chuck Ehrman.